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A close-up of a newly opened delphinium flower (Summer 2013).

About Amy Chaves

Born in the Philippines, Amy Chaves earned her Bachelor of Arts degree major in Philosophy and English Literature from Xavier University (XU), Cagayan de Oro City. She started teaching at XU when she was 19 years old. She taught Philosophy for 25 years, loving every moment of it. She has many previous students who still connect with her on Facebook.

Amy has also undertaken graduate studies in Philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University), English Literature (Xavier University), and Guidance and Counselling (Xavier University). She earned her doctorate degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2008.

Amy worked as a senior researcher at a non-profit organization in Calgary for two years. Her work involved data management, statistical analysis, writing literature reviews, and writing technical reports to funders. She is now writing her first book on connectedness and is working towards publishing her poems.

Amy has two wonderful sons, Jan and Soren. Jan is currently working in Singapore and is married to Bernadette Buzon. They have three kids, Ethan, Adrian and Alynna. Soren is studying to be a caregiver together with his partner, Diana Cinco. He is a single parent to Princess.

Amy lived with her husband, Deane McIntyre, for 10 years in Calgary, Alberta. They loved going to nature parks, taking nature photos, and reading books together. They had hoped that Jan and Soren and their families can join them in Calgary in the near future. Deane passed away in June 2011.